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San Mateo County, CA Critical Care Nurse - Intensive Care Unit (Open & Promotional) in County of San Mateo, California

Critical Care Nurse - Intensive Care Unit (Open & Promotional)

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Critical Care Nurse - Intensive Care Unit (Open & Promotional)


$123,739.20 - $146,244.80 Annually


County of San Mateo, CA

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San Mateo Medical Center

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Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on June 25, 2019 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

San Mateo County Health's, San Mateo Medical Center has opportunities for experienced Critical Care nurses in our Intensive Care Unit. Under direction, the incumbents will perform varied professional nursing duties with primary emphasis on professional nursing care for hospital or clinic patients; treat and educate patients, their families and the public about various medical conditions; record medical histories and symptoms; perform diagnostic tests and analyze results; operate medical machinery; administer treatment and medications; assist with patient follow-up and rehabilitation; and perform other duties as assigned and required by assigned clinical setting.

Currently we have vacancies for three Regular part-time critical care nurses in the ICU (two 0.5 FTE, one Day Shift and one NOC Shift, and one 0.8 FTE Day Shift, as well as a variety of Relief).

The ideal candidates will be fully competent to independently perform a full range of professional nursing duties and procedures that require the exercise of a high degree of clinical judgment. They will also have two years of experience working in acute care hospital units providing care to patients with serious, complex and acute illnesses or injuries that require very close monitoring and extensive medication protocols and therapies.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

NOTE: Extra-help assignments are at-will and the employee is paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra-help workers are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the extra-help assignment.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Complete patient assessments, triage, and record patient histories, symptoms and observations.

  • Establish and implement nursing care plans for each patient through assessment, development, activation and evaluation.

  • Participate in patient case conferences and rounds.

  • Organize, assign and supervise duties and responsibilities of other staff members as a team leader.

  • Orient and teach new staff members of the nursing team and students.

  • Perform nursing care following prescribed rules, policies, protocol and procedures.

  • Identify problems, assist in data gathering, propose solutions and participate in evaluation of quality assurance issues.

  • Work with patients and their families to provide in-hospital and after-hospital follow-up through teaching and referral.

  • Participate in educational programs to maintain level of expertise.

  • Participate in non-clinical assignments, which may include maintaining records, preparing reports and/or serving on special committees.

  • Operate a variety of medical machinery and equipment.

  • Administer treatment and medications.

  • Maintain knowledge of outpatient resources.

  • Develop discharge plans for patients.

  • Perform related duties as assigned and as required by assigned work setting, as described below.

Critical Care Nurse

Duties for nurses in this series may also include the following:

  • Record, assess and observe patient progress, reactions and symptoms.

  • Monitor patient rehabilitation.

  • Monitor life support equipment.

  • Attend to wound dressings.

  • Monitor patients in restraint and seclusion and maintain patient safety.

  • Determine medical or psychiatric emergency need and provide intervention.

  • Recognize symptoms of major psychiatric diagnosis.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.



  • Possession of a California license as a Registered Nurse.

  • A valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

  • Possession and maintenance of a valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.

Knowledge of:

Nurse Practice Act; current nursing and related medical theory and skills necessary to administer nursing care within assigned clinical setting; safety and infection control practices; and clinical systems, supplies and equipment.

Skill/Ability to:

Nurse Practice Act; perform nursing procedures required for assigned clinical setting; comply with clinical procedures and policies; maintain professional nurse-patient relationships; communicate with and educate patients, families, and the public who come from a diverse background; work harmoniously with other personnel; follow safety practices; assist in the instruction of other nursing and paraprofessional personnel; bend, kneel and squat as needed; occasionally use upper extremities to exert force to push and pull patients/objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more; and work in a busy environment.


Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

A supplemental questionnaire must be completed and submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%), which may include an additional exam component given prior to or during the interview.

Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations, or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in the County of San Mateo, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to https://jobs.smcgov.org/ to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.


Final Filing Date: Continuous

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Carolyn Burns (060319) (Critical Care Nurse - F022)

Please visit http://hr.smcgov.org/sites/hr.smcgov.org/files/CNA.pdf for a complete listing of all benefits for this classification.

Benefits are offered to eligible employees of the County of San Mateo. All benefits are subject to change.

NOTE: Employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 may be subject to new Pension Reform retirement laws.

As an additional benefit, the County offers extensive training and development programs designed to improve skills and enhance career opportunities. Most programs are offered on County time at no cost to you.

County employees are also covered by the federal Social Security system and earn benefits for retirement based on salary and time worked.


IMPORTANT: Applicants for this position are required to submit responses to the following supplemental questions. Your responses will give us additional information about your background and experience related to this position and will be used in the selection process. Be concise and specific. Neatness, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for your responses.

  • Proceed to supplemental questions.


    Possession of a current California license as a Registered Nurse is required to qualify for this recruitment. Do you possess a current California license as a Registered Nurse? (Please include your license number on the Certificates & Licenses section of the application. A "No" answer will disqualify you from this recruitment.)

  • Yes

  • No


    Possession of each of the following life support certificates is required to be employed in the ICU: Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Which of these certificates do you currently possess? (Please include information on the Certificates & Licenses section of the application. Any answer less than both certificates will disqualify you from this recruitment.)

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

  • Neither


    The ideal candidate has two years paid nursing experience working in an acute care setting. Do you have two years of recent paid acute care nursing experience?

  • Yes

  • No


    Acute Care –Intensive Care Nursing Experience – Considering your previous paid work experience, how much experience do you have as an Acute Care Nurse and/or in an Intensive Care Unit?

  • 5 years or more

  • 3 years or more but less than 5 years

  • 2 years or more but less than 3 years

  • 1 year or more but less than 2 years

  • Less than 1 year

  • In an internship or preceptorship

  • In a classroom or academic setting

  • No experience, but willing to learn


    Describe the education, training and experience that qualify you for a position as Critical Care Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. Include specific certificates, training and experience. Be specific. A resume will not be accepted instead of a response.


    Give an example of your experience providing care for an acutely ill patient. Describe your role in providing care as part of an interdisciplinary team. Be specific.


    Describe what being a member of a nursing team means to you. Explain what you think are the qualities needed for successful teamwork in a critical care setting and provide an example of a specific work situation that demonstrates your ability, as a member of a team, to resolve a problem created by differing opinions.

    Required Question


County of San Mateo


County of San Mateo Human Resources Department 455 County Center Redwood City, California, 94063-1663


(650) 363-4343 (650) 363-4303




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